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Posted in: Osaka court rules same-sex marriage ban not unconstitutional See in context

I thought Japan (based on the slogan of the recent Tokyo Olympics) was to be more “inclusive.” Guess these judges didn’t get the memo.

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Posted in: Uyghur-heritage candidate urges Japan to embrace diversity See in context

Interesting how many ultra-right nationalists here in Japan have the biggest smiles in their PR photos. Politicians I support never smile so broadly.

I’ve also heard people who know this woman swear she’s the nicest and most competent woman they know—regardless of political differences. I guess we need to give her a chance, but I’ve still yet to meet a female LDP member who truly cares for anyone. In fact, as we have seen with Sanae Takaichi, gender has little to do with “being soft” and I guess Margaret Thatcher is another prime example. I say give Ms. Arfiya a chance but don’t be surprised if she turns out to be someone hawkish and looking forward to turning the clock back on Japan with support for policies that hurt most of us.

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Posted in: Musk aims to ease concerns in address to Twitter workers See in context

One of Musk's key points at the meeting, which started a little after 9 a.m. Pacific time, was to make Twitter “so compelling that you can't live without it,” Weinstein tweeted.

Funniest thing I’ve read in a long time. The day any form of social media can’t be lived without will surely be a sign that The End has arrived. I’ve walked away from both FB and IG and feel much the better for it.

And if Musk were so smart, he’d surely be after the platforms to such apps. He should be trying to buy Apple and Galaxy, no?

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Posted in: 1 in 4 singles in 30s not willing to marry: Japan gov't survey See in context

The white paper pointed out the need to create an environment in which young people can marry and raise children with peace of mind.

This means basically one thing in Japan: a stable income. And I fear those days are gone and many young people will be working part-time their whole lives. I hate to say it, but can you imagine Mrs. Suzuki’s face when her daughter says she’s engaged to marry a Uber delivery guy?

Japan has become a country of haves and have-nots in terms of children (and stable work). And this is no accident either. Many a LDP policy decision over the past 30 years have made this a reality as they support the rich who only want to become richer.

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Posted in: Musk threatens to walk away from Twitter deal See in context

If only he could have done some due diligence before signing a contract.

Oh wait.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics legacy venue proving a chronic headache See in context

The annual price tag for maintenance, administration and large-scale repairs for the stadium, completed in November 2019, add up to 2.4 billion yen ($18.8 million).

Easy way to solve this problem? Take the money out of the pay of the politicians and other elite who forced these games upon Japan. Most of all, the money should be taken from the estate of Ishihara Shintaro--he is the one who started this fiasco.

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Posted in: Musk says he would reverse Twitter's ban of Donald Trump See in context

True story?

I made an artistic pic of a friend with a lovely tuchus my banner pic on a former account at Twitter. Nothing disgusting, mind you. Instantly had the account frozen. I asked why and the form response was that the pic had "violated their community standards." I could easily have replaced it, but that was not option--just an instant freeze of the account. Meanwhile, there is plenty of porn to be seen, plenty of hate, threats, and vitriol spewed from people left, right, and center, plenty of lies and conspiracy theories shared and Twitter is just fine with that.

If the company, much like IG and FB, goes under tomorrow, I would not weep a tear.

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Posted in: Angels' Ohtani expects to play Monday, one day after early exit See in context

Hope he's fine. The Angels are playing great ball and to see the team chemistry is fun. Hopefully this will be their year and they win a championship.

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Posted in: Roki Sasaki: Japan's record-breaking baseball 'phenomenon' with a tragic past See in context

Nothing short of amazing! Kudos to this young man for pushing through and starting his career in such a successful manner.

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Posted in: What do you think of Tesla CEO Elon Musk? Is he the sort of person you'd like to work for or with? See in context

Tesla’s work environment has been reported to be toxic, so no I’d never want to work for him. Work with him? He’s obviously a narcissist (to the nth degree) and I doubt he thinks anyone “works with” him. So that’s an obvious no, too.

I used to think shows like Veep, Silicon Valley, 30 Rock, The Office, Succession, etc…were satire, but it sadly seems that they aren’t.

In short, I’m happy that I’ll never have to work for a company like Tesla.

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Posted in: Japanese abductees' families ask U.S. envoy to help resolve issue See in context

Being here when these stories REALLY made headlines reminds me of reports of the families being told by various police and other officials that their sons and daughters had most likely just runaway. It was the perfect excuse for the officials here to do nothing. Now decades later, these families (and many in Japan) expect other countries to get involved? SMFH.

I feel truly sorry for these families who have been victims of not only the North Koreans but also the police, politicians, and other officials here in Japan. Obviously, it is also pure hypocrisy that the LDP uses the pain of these broken families for their own agenda.

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Posted in: Prince Hisahito admitted to prestigious high school in Tokyo See in context

He’s the same age as my son who studied his tuchus off to pass an entrance exam to a school similar to this one, so like many in Japan, this story resonated.

IIRC, at first, he was admitted automatically into this school and it was a bit of a scandal. Plenty of people at Yahoo complained that it was unfair. That impressed me as this is the future emperor. I guess the image of fairness is taken that seriously here. Weeks later and he had to sit this “exam“—obviously for the sake of appearance. From here he can probably enter Tokyo University—oddly enough something many at Yahoo don’t care for. All in all, it’s been an interesting story to follow offering various insights into modern-day Japan.

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Posted in: How has Japan changed for the better since you have been here and how has it changed for the worse? See in context

First came to Tokyo in 1986 and changes for the better include:

Much better regulations of smoking in public--MUCH better.

Many more choices for food at affordable prices. Tokyo is truly a foodie's paradise. Still needs a true kosher deli, but other than that it's hard to complain.

No more need to pay 300 yen a minute for international phone calls. Yeah, that really hurt back in the day.

Much easier to buy shoes and clothes that fit a man who wears a size 12 and is 186 cm tall.

I love seeing more and more non-Japanese integrate into society here, run their own business, and become successful. And I am happy to have mentored and supported more than a few of these people over the years.

And last but not least? Costco.

The bad? Have to agree with the other comments about the cutting down of trees. A park in my hood was more or less destroyed for the Olympics (sigh) as were trees here and there being cut down for the sake of "development."

On a related note though, the hay fever from cedar trees in western Tokyo is a definite change for the worse. The use of masks, goggles, hay fever meds, etc...was never so prevalent back in the day. But air quality year-round is much improved from the 80s, IMHO.

Comments about the racism? I think it was much worse back in the day and it has improved a lot. Guess it is all relative depending on when you arrived here and what you have encountered.

My two yen.

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Posted in: Former Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara dies at 89 See in context

I’ll never forget him saying women who were too old to have children were useless—and then in his next gubernatorial election he had over 70% of the vote. When I asked the elderly women I knew why they voted for him, they shrugged and said there was no one else to vote for. It was a lesson learned about politics and the people of Japan.

To see the outpouring of love and RIPs on social media in Japanese is also interesting and quite different from here at JT.

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Posted in: Brady, Bucs out as Rams advance; Chiefs down Bills See in context

Watched all four games and this may have been the best weekend of playoff football in NFL history. Kudos to all involved! And I am very much looking forward to next weekend.

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Posted in: Beijing Olympics can be meaningful even without fans, Tokyo 2020 chief says See in context

"I don't have any regrets at all -- the majority of people said afterwards that they were glad we held the Games," Muto said.

Has he never heard of tatemae? Plus knowing who are in his social circles, it just means these people had to have profited in one way or another from the Games. The desire to hold them again means it must be truly easy money (our taxes, of course) for an elite few.

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Posted in: Supreme Court allows Jan 6 committee to get Trump documents See in context

Interesting to see Ginni's husband staying loyal and as predictable as ever. Having said this, the sceptic in me fears that if so many of Trump's Children don't mind the committee seeing these files, then they may be rather innocuous. Only time will tell.

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Posted in: Voting bill collapses; Democrats unable to change filibuster See in context

We live in the Age of Hypocrisy so nothing that happened today surprised me. Moreover, it’s easy to blame the Trump party and two DINOs for today’s results, but dig deeper and you’ll see SIGs and even foreign entities are doing everything in their power to undermine and water down the vote in America. As long as money is to be made via political decisions, the public will continue be simple bystanders in the Downfall. Watching it from afar over three decades has been equally fascinating and heartbreaking at times.

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Posted in: Ohtani voted American League MVP for 2-way season; Harper wins NL honor See in context

On top of being immensely talented, I think he is a great role model. Congrats, young man! Looking forward to more of the same in the years to come.

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Posted in: Abe becomes head of largest faction in Japan's ruling party See in context


Wonderful post and I agree 100%.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling coalition keeps majority with fewer seats See in context

As I’m fond of saying, “change” is a dirty word for many here in Japan and it explains what motivates many to continue to vote for politicians who could care less about the average Saito-san (unless a vote is needed to stay in office). Having said this, it was sweet to watch politicians who had partied in Ginza during the pandemic pay for their hubris by losing. That restored some of my faith in the System. What hasn’t been highlighted is how well the few voters in a countryside district can be (discretely) taken care of by their elected official(s). I know many in the countryside who had easy access to vaccines and other forms of welfare support during the pandemic while we in the cities were waiting for shots or got almost zero help in terms of financial assistance. It really explains why the LDP rules in large parts of the countryside here. Keeping it discrete is the key, it seems, but with social media and the pandemic, I learned a lot about the Way even after decades here.

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Posted in: 83 million unused 'Abenomasks' remain in storage in Japan See in context

Great timing of the release of this story with the election on Sunday. Some have said this election is more about Abe than Kishida and it’ll be interesting to see if this story of a pathetic waste of time and money will influences voters. If Abe and Company walk away unscathed, it’ll surely empower him and his cronies to continue with their incompetence and lies and the Grift.

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Posted in: Suga touts achievements, rues short tenure in final press conference See in context

He epitomized much about life in Japan (and I know his type well):

Never rock the boat.

Look busy without actually doing much.

Act humble in public (in private who knows?).

Loyalty above almost everything.

Follow these four for 35+ years and you too could be “someone” here.

In the end, he was useful for Abe and that’s about it. Oh, and I’d never want to have a drink with the man.

PS Comments from Japanese over the past year (at Yahoo) have been mostly negative. His adherence to reading scripts bothered many as did his lack of any sense of humor. He won’t be missed.

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Posted in: Faction politics wane in LDP leadership race See in context

Ultimately there are those in the Diet and among the public who feel Abe’s shenanigans (Moritomo, etc) should be properly investigated and that seems to be one factor in the weakening power of the factions. It also explains who is running and being supported by whom, e.g. Sanae Takaichi being supported by Abe. She is on the record as saying she sees no need to look into the various Abe scandals. Whereas others like Kono (with Ishiba’s full support) would surely allow prosecutors to do their job. In the end, it’s all about the money and in the past it was doled out by faction bosses. Guess that’s no longer the case and thus has lead to party members with more freedom. It might be a good thing or it could lead to “chaos” where it’ll be anyone’s guess as to who will be the next leader of the country. We shall see.

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Posted in: Kono announces bid to become next prime minister See in context

Watched him leave a meeting with his boss, Aso, and he looked absolutely miserable. It’s obvious that he doesn’t need to have any policy stances, they’ll be provided to him — much as we’ve seen with his sudden acceptance of nuclear power. As long as Aso Taro pulls his strings, I doubt he’ll be a great PM or a bad one, he’ll just be a PM.

I must admit this, he has much better communication skills than many and probably a good idea or three; it’s a shame they’ll be wasted.

Say “hello” to the 100th PM of Japan.

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Posted in: Vaccine chief Kono draws flak for blocking Twitter critics See in context

As a private citizen, he can do as he wishes. As a public servant who is using social media to further his agenda, why should he be able to block people? It’s tantamount to censorship. If he finds a reply to his post offensive, then he should notify Twitter and let them deal with the post. Otherwise, he should either stop using the platform in an official capacity or stop blocking people he disagrees with. I think a precedent for this was set not too long ago in a different country with its leader.

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Posted in: Ex-lawmaker Akimoto gets 4-year jail term over casino graft See in context

Interesting how LDP is omitted from the title.

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Posted in: Vaccine chief Kono favorite to become next PM: polls See in context

Don't be fooled by English proficiency, colorful ties and masks, suspenders, and his use of Twitter. He is quite the reactionary with a short temper and a real hang-up about how the order of Japanese names should be in English print (cause that is an issue that matters to so many -- sigh). Furthermore, why he has always made his posts about the vaccine roll-out seem like a competition with other countries has been disappointing. As an Aso puppet, he will get little if anything done. Luckily for us here in Japan, the PM matters very little most of the time and life will go on as usual. And let us not forget his most recent accomplishment--making sure that durian is imported into Japan. Sigh. In the end, the media here will eat him up and show him for who he truly is and he will likely be in office for less than a year.

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Posted in: Ohtani hits MLB-high 43rd HR as Angels beat Texas See in context

So glad to be watching baseball history being made. And he sincerely seems to be a great guy. I’d be honored to meet him one day and buy him a beer.

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Posted in: Vaccine minister Kono to run in LDP leadership race See in context

Smart? In the middle of the pandemic and in charge of procuring vaccines for the country and he's busy tweeting about durian imports. SMFH. To his credit, he did not block me on Twitter (unlike certain other LDP politicians), but still I see nothing that shows qualities that would make him a good leader.

As for his academic background, since when has graduating from a university outside of Japan been a positive on a CV? I know in many circles here in Japan where not graduating from a university in Japan is met with suspicion at best and at worst derision. It will be interesting to see if any of these younger politicians with academic credentials from abroad will ever be taken seriously. And ability to speak English? Falls into much the same category.

In the end, being under Aso Taro's "umbrella" means that without his approval, Mr. Kono's dreams and desire of becoming PM mean little.

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